Some Summer Container Gardens Can Winter Inside

Karla Dalley, a frequent lecturer on gardening, addressed the Wallingford Garden Club on Tuesday, Oct. 12, on “Creative Container Designs.

Dalley, of Farmington, said container gardening began with the ancient Chinese who created bonsai.  It was also used by the Japanese, and later -- in the 16th Century -- by the French and the Italians who grew edibles such as lemons in pots.

The classical container array is a tall plant, a mid- level plant and a training plant, she said.

Dalley noted that outdoor containers including ones with herbs can often be moved indoors during the winter. Some can be in sheltered, unheated areas, such as an enclosed porch, provided there is adequate sun.  Some may not make it back outside but will last until spring, at least, she said.

Dalley writes a garden column for West Hartford Magazine and a weekly blog.  She reviews and edits books for the Connecticut Horticultural Society and a freelance writer.

The meeting, at the Wallingford Park and Recreation building, also featured a pumpkin floral arrangement by Donna Bush of Wallingford.

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